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Will David Montgomery play against the Rams? Nagy 'can't say either way'

Will David Montgomery play against the Rams? Nagy 'can't say either way'

The Bears may be without David Montgomery when they play the Rams this weekend. 

The rookie running back made an appearance on the injury report after Wednesday's practice, listed as limited with an ankle issue. Matt Nagy went into a little more detail on Thursday, explaining that Montgomery "lightly" rolled his ankle. He also declined to speculate whether it would be something that could keep him out on Sunday. 

"We wanted to keep him out," he said. "And we’ll just keep an eye on him for here today with how things go.

"We’re working through that. I can’t say either way. We’ll just kind of keep an eye on it as it goes here and see how it is today. We’re working through today and see how he goes." 

It'd obviously be a tough loss for a Bears' offense that's finally starting to see (small) signs of progress as Montgomery's become more involved. He went over 100 yards rushing for the first time in his NFL career against the Chargers in Week 8, and has seen his yards per carry tick up over the last month (3.6 over the last four games). 

"He’s always moving forward, always getting a little more than he should," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. "And that’s been contagious I think for the rest of the unit. He’s a tough, tough dude, and again we’ve said, he’s an all-purpose guy. He can protect. He can obviously run the football. He’s a good route-runner." 

The Bears would be in a precarious position if Montgomery can't go on Sunday. After cutting Mike Davis last week, they'd be left with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall as the two active backs. With Trey Burton also nursing a thigh injury that could keep him out, the Bears' offense will be notably short-handed going into a key battle of two NFC teams trying to keep any glimmer of a playoff berth alive. 

"You're going to have contingency plans for everybody and everything," Helfrich added. "It's perfect because I have no idea, and can answer everything honestly as possible. You have to have plans for every single situation, and we'll do that to the best of our ability." 

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Roquan Smith is out for the rest of the night with a pectoral injury

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Roquan Smith is out for the rest of the night with a pectoral injury

The writing was on the wall when Roquan Smith almost immediately went to the locker room with an injury midway through the first quarter of Thursday night's game. 

The Bears' star linebacker didn't look like himself on the Cowboys' 17-play opening drive, and will apparently miss the rest of the game with a pectoral injury: 

Not great!

Fellow starting linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski suffered a pec injury in 2017 and missed over a month of time. 

Without Smith or Danny Trevathan, the Bears are left with Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis as the primary pair up the middle. They're already without Akiem Hicks and Prince Amukamara as well. 

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Bears 'absolutely in' on Mitch Trubisky moving forward

Bears 'absolutely in' on Mitch Trubisky moving forward

As the Bears get ready to battle the Cowboys in the first of a four-game stretch that will determine whether there's meaningful football in Chicago in January, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thursday night that there's little debate in Halas Hall about who the quarterback of the Bears will be in 2020.

"Every opportunity the Bears' brass have had to support Trubisky, they've offered him full-throated support," Rapport said. "They believe there's many other issues in the offense, including receivers running the wrong route, issues with the run game, play-calling, penalties, far more than Mitchell Trubisky. 

"(The Bears) are absolutely in with him going forward."

It's easy to support Trubisky after his fantastic showing in Week 13 against the Lions when he threw for 338 yards and three scores, a performance that earned him the FedEx Air Player of the Week. But it would be foolish to ignore the first half of the season when Trubisky looked overwhelmed and ill-equipped to thrive in the NFL.

The Bears and Trubisky are having something of a mirror-image season. The next four games will determine how 2019 is defined. If Chicago loses another game, they're likely looking toward 2020. And if Trubisky has another questionable showing, GM Ryan Pace will have no choice but to at least bring some competition to the roster this offseason.

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